Jurgen Klopp has made one change to his Liverpool lineup to take on Arsenal in the Premier League this evening, for their final game of 2018.
The Reds remain at Anfield for their 20th league clash of the season, and having won 16 and drawn three of the previous 19, they are in an excellent position.
Top of the table and six points above second-placed Tottenham, they are a full 13 clear of tonight’s opponents, with Arsenal in mixed form under Unai Emery and sitting in fifth.
With a difficult trip to Man City‘s Etihad to kick off 2019, however, Liverpool need to take the three points, and Klopp’s starting XI reflects that.
Alisson starts in goal, and after a very comfortable afternoon in the 4-0 win over Newcastle last time out will be poised for a bigger challenge against the Gunners.
Ahead of him in defence are Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, with the centre-backs in fine form at both ends of the pitch of late—Van Dijk scoring at Wolves and Lovren against the Magpies.
In midfield, Klopp looks to have opted for a two-man unit, with Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum occupying the middle of the park.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah make up Liverpool’s forward line, facing off against an Arsenal defence who have already conceded 25 goals in the league.
Among the Reds’ options on the substitutes’ bench are Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Salah
Substitutes: Mignolet, Clyne, Henderson, Keita, Lallana, Origi, Sturridge
Arsenal: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Torreira, Xhaka; Iwobi, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Aubameyang
Substitutes: Cech, Koscielny, Elneny, Guendouzi, Willock, Saka, Lacazette